Libya: Post Gadhafi

Even with the disclaimers television news hosts used yesterday morning when introducing a video clip telling us that, since the source of the video couldn't be verified, all they could say was that it appears to show a dead man who looks like the Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Even with those disclaimers, it was clear what we were seeing ... There are no men who look like Moammar Gadhafi. A long chapter of Libya's history is over. The time has finally come time to turn the page.

Today's Friday host was Jim Brown in Calgary.

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Libya: Post Gadhafi - Dr. Gabriele Rossi

We started this segment with the sound of jubilation in Tripoli yesterday. Libyans had just learned of the death of dictator Moammar Gadhafi - whose rule they endured for more than 40 years.

It's still unclear what happened in Gadhafi's last moments. Video captured by cellphone suggests he was captured alive, but did not survive long. The National Transitional Council says there was no order to kill him -- he died following a gunfight.

Whatever happened, it's a new day in Libya. But a lot has been lost, and there is a lot to clean up. Thousands have been killed and gravely injured in the last eight months of uprising, and there's been extensive damage to Libya's infrastructure.

To help us better understand the humanitarian situation on the ground, we were joined by Dr. Gabriele Rossi. He is an emergency coordinator with Medecins Sans Frontiere and he was in Misrata.

Libya: Post Gadhafi - Alaeddin Mgariaf

Matt Pennington works with a Washington-based advocacy group called Refugees International. He was in Libya for a couple of weeks earlier this month, interviewing people displaced by the fighting. And he found that life was particularly hard for minority groups - including the sub-Saharan migrant workers we just heard Dr. Gabriele Rossi talk about.

Matt Pennington is just one of several organizations that have been doing humanitarian work in Libya. When the uprising began last February, Alaeddin Mgariaf was living and working in Dubai. Within days, he and a group of other Libyan ex-pats had gathered along the border in Egypt, and were shipping aid into Libya. Today, Alaeddin Mgariaf runs a charity called Tawasil. The group is delivering food, medicine, communications equipment ... whatever is needed in Libya. Alaeddin Mgariaf was in Dubai today.

Libya: Post Gadhafi - Shaheen Ayubi

Libya's present may seem grim. But Shaheen Ayubi believes the future still holds a lot of promise. She is a professor of political science at Rutgers University-Camden. She was in Philadelphia.

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